The book “Living Roofs in Integrated Urban Water Systems” by Daniel Roehr and Elizabeth Fassman-Beck has been published in Beijing, China by Routledge and China Architecture and Building Press, March 2019
The “Off Screen Studio” blog will show design process and ideation drawings from 1990 – 2019.
We are currently digitalizing Daniel Roehr’s drawings from his international practice as landscape architect in Japan, Europe, China and North America. The goal is to provide concept/ideation and design process examples as teaching tool for landscape architecture students to get inspired to continue to use hand drawing in their design concept/ideation phase. It is a fast ideas communication tool and a ‘visual’ international language. The collection will also include recent digital tablet sketches.
The greenskins lab team has been working on a LID application since spring 2018, to calculate the stormwater runoff and LID mitigation capacities during the concept phase of a design. This video briefly explains its application.
The long version of our first LID movie is online now. This movie is for the public to understand how the system works holistically and which part could be placed on private and public land.
Our first LID movie is now online. There will be more videos to follow to explain greenskins lab’s LID application tool and how the homeowner can employ LID in their backyard.
Our experiments with short informative visualization videos continue. Speed and concise content delivery in max. 1, 5 minutes are one of the key requirements for making videos. We are also interested in exploring landscape architectures’ ability to visualize complex issues, be it, in this case, to inform and provide broad solutions for overpopulation. The key message behind our videos is to inform the public about what landscape architects are concerned about, what they do, and how we can provide knowledge to initiate behavioural change to reduce the impact humans have on the planet.
We are now in the past-orthographic phase. Modelling tools such as Rhino, combined with Grasshopper, create instant adjustable digital 3D models of the environment for architecture, landscape architecture and urban design.
Digital drawing provides the opportunity to create what we call ‘digital 3D animated sketch imagery’ not hand drawings defined in the classical sense on paper. It combines the act of physical drawing movement, ‘the animation’ being transferred with the stylus pen signalling electrical images onto the screen. This method personalizes the images and reintroduces a recognizable individual style, like handwriting. The animated 3D imagery allows digital voice over and music.
Below is the first sample of our ongoing LID Communication Research Strategies.
The International Stormwater Design Application (ISDA) was presented to the City of Vancouver last week as a tool to help with stormwater management planning and design in Vancouver and BC.
It was well received and the aim now is to make the application available for all BC and the Pacific North West.
This filmed presentation is also on our Facebook page.
Thank you to the whole team. This was a big milestone for the lab and we hope to publish the application very soon.
Low Impact Design (LID)
LID is complex and needs demystifying to be used by all designers in the early stages of any urban design project. Therefore, a fast and easy method for designers to determine the space/dimensions of LID needed should be developed to apply LID at any site (site includes roof and at-grade solutions).
The International Stormwater Design Application (ISDA)
Greenskins lab is currently finalizing the development of a calculator which can be used worldwide in the concept design phase by designers and municipalities approving urban design proposals.
Designers work visually, so do clients in most part, therefore the focus of this tool will be easily accessible through visual graphics and user-friendly application. This tool is designed for the initial schematic design stage of a project, further along in the design process, more sophisticated tools and close cooperation with hydrological engineers are required. This tool will be useful, especially in countries where data to calculate stormwater runoff is not easily accessible.
The International Stormwater Design Application (ISDA) will be able to calculate the dimensions of urban stormwater tools above and at-grade during the design concept phase for new and retrofit urban areas.